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corporations. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> a teenaged suicide bomber in a school uniform kills more than 31 in pakistan. egypt's foreign minister calls for a stop. a mother makes a desperate appeal for the return of her twins. welcome to "bbc world news." i'm david goerz. -- i'm david ease. >> we bring you crooked with attitude. the former l.a. gang members who turned to the gentleman's game to avoid a life of crime.
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thanks for joining us. the teenaged suicide bomber dressed in school uniform is believed to have launched an attack which has left at least 31 people dead. the attack was directed at an army training camp. the military says six kilos of explosives were used and the taliban took responsibility and threatened more attacks to protest american drone strikes and other attacks that have threatened them in the northwest tribal belt. >> police say it was a teenaged suicide bomber dressed in school uniform. he blew himself up as morning drills and training got underway. this is the deadliest attack in
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the area in months. >> the explosion took place inside the army base. there were more than 20 people wounded. and ambulances were coming in and out, taking them to the hospital. >> the fact it appears once again a child who was the bomber would be of great concern to the security forces. the taliban says the bombing was revenge for american drone attacks in the tribal belt close to the afghan border and for the actions carried out by the pakistan army and warns of more to come. the military has been engaged in fights carrying out offenses as it is now area-by-area. the problem has been just as the civilians leave the area, so do the militants, waiting for a time to strike back. after months of operations against the militants, the army
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has been able to regain control but hasn't been able to stop a steady supply of new crutes. many are still going joining the taliban ranks at a very young age. >> islamabad. >> egypt's foreign minister has entered a slinging match with the united states. mr. aboul gheit says he's amazed at the demand for the immediate lifting of the emergency laws that have been in place for years. president obama's spokesman robert gibbs says the protests will only get bigger unless the pace of change quickens. >> throughout the night the impromptu camp in the center of cairo only grew. for those keeping vigilant i will here in the square, the
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revolution is only half finished. though the regime has promised change, many say the pace is too slow and now the clearest sign yet that washington agrees. >> it must continue immediately or reverse the process. i think it is clear that what the government has thus far put forward has yet toe meet a minimum threshold for the people of egypt. >> just weeks ago a protest outside egypt's parliament would have been unthinkable. but the crowd now wants more than just the right to demonstrate. washington talks about the jeannie -- genie being out of the bottle. and such foreign pressure has not impressed the regime. >> when you speak about prompt,
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immediate, now, as if you are important -- imposing on a great country like egypt, a great friend that have always maintained the best of relationships with the united states, you are imposing your will. >> but that friendship is being tested. as the protesters dig in for a long struggle, america has hinted in the future the aid to egypt will be conditional on change and reform and president mubarak still has his hand firmly on power but the sponsors are urging him to loosen his grip. >> now civil serve nts are now staging a trike in protest. the government tried to balance the budget but there is growing
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concern among many. >> greece's doctors are the latest group of professionals to take to the streets. they have been staging a series of rolling 24-hour strikes to protest the government plans to slash spending in the national health service. the pictures on their t-shirts is the health minister whose -- the hospitals belong to the people, they chanted. they are not for sale. outside parliament, the doctors forgot their bedside manners and scruffled with police. -- scuffled with police. don't fight against us. fight with us shouted this protester. >> these things are unacceptable for sick people. my husband is a cancer patient,
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and they have cut his medication. for him to have to pay 25%, is that reasonable? they cut pensions and funds, what more can they cut? >> all this is the tip of the iceburg. if people don't get up and protest, this will drag on. >> stroiking doctors have been occupying the health ministry, chemists have joined the dispute and patients have had trouble getting their medicine. >> we doctors have learned if something is to the advantage of the patient, a day of one or two days before we can go into surgery is good. i wish they would thereon us doctors who have much love towards patients. >> it shows the brevt of the opposition of cuts but the government's resolve has failed.
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in athens they are trying to assess whether greece has done enough to meet their demands and win the fourth installment of the international bailout package. >> times are tough across europe, really. and maybe we'll get a wave of that from the bank of england today. >> yes. and it's the bank of england who are going to look at whether or not they need increase rates we expect no change, still at the record low of.5%. it's the same thing facing many banks around the world. in fact our inflation here in the u.k. is one of the -- if not the highest as far as inflation. and one said he expects inflation this year to top
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47-5%. you have to remember the sole job of the bank of england is to keep the nation under control. 2% is the target so they are way above but the problem is if you raise interest rates in a period where you have got a slumping housing market and lending that hasn't firppede, you will just put growth into reverse and the last economic reading of g.d.p. we saw the .5% result. >> you've got a big interview. >> yes. the deputy governor of egypt's central bank. facing tough, tough inflation soaring before the unrest continues to soar. and of course the egyptian pound continues to slip among major currencies around the world. don't miss that report in an hour's time. >> now for more than a week a
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pair of 6-year-old twin girls have dominated switzerland. they have been missing since taken by their father. he was thought to have committed suicide. and the search for the girls started where the body was found. >> they have not been seen since the end of january. and now the concern of police forces across south erin europe. the search for them st is concentrateed in italy near the city where the girls' father was found dead late last week. he was separated from his wife and apparently committed suicide days after taking the girls from their home in switzerland. >> police think the twins may have traveled through france, possibly boarding a ferry, but no one knows if they made it off the boat with their father. the twins's mother has now made
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a desperate appeal for the safety of her daughters' return. >> anybody who was on the ferry and may have seen my two bond girls, even something that may not seem important to you, please contact police so you can help find them. >> but the chef sent post cards and money to her in the days before his death saying he couldn't cope with their breakup but giving no clue as to the girls' whereabouts. switzerland, france or here in italy, police cannot say where alessya and olivia are. what did their father do with them? duncan kennedy. "bbc world news" in rome. >> some cracking international fixtures last night and a-1 cracking goal for sure. >> wesley snired who orchestrated everything good
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that they did last season as they won almost everything there was to win at club level. this is the first goal. as you can see the netherlands beating awe industrya. in an international friendly. burt is leaving after euro 20 12. 33 matches, they have only lost two. one was the world cup fine. >> not one to lose, but -- >> you know lauren blanc said at the start of the week, he said he was worried that club put the bol was becoming much more important than the national and that was the case for argentina. france beat brazil. in november he said he had a muscle chrysler injury. didn't play for argentina. they lost to brazil but then management said we're not
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picking you. >> so a huge license of players who played a full match for their clubs then weren't available for the national side. >> i wonder why. >> thank you for that. you're watching "bbc world news." coming up in a moment, facing the painful truth. is looking away really the best way to combat nerves? for just over 1 1/2 years, a local columbian politician was held hostage in the jungle a victim of the fark rebel group and now was reunited with his family. he is one of five hostages in fact that the rebels have promised to free this week as a gesture of peace towards the columbian government. this report. >> he stepped off the helicopter that rescued him from the young. and delid him into the waiting
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arms of his wife and two children. snatched 19 months ago, he was added to the list of hostages they had wanted to swap for imprisoned guerrillas. he said the hardest part was having no one to talk to as the captives had been given orders not to make friends with him. >> the lonelyness, knowing that my family was suffering and not being able to know anything about anybody. not getting news for anybody, all that is tough. i believe it is the worst thing that can happen to a person. >> they have promised to release two more on friday and two more on sunday. it quants to prompt the government into peace talks. the government looks interested but demanded all be released
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first. the head of the group that rescued him stayed rebels were willing to release all their remaining hostages other the next six months which could fave way -- pave the way to end six years of war. >> this is "bbc world news." the headlines this hour. a teenaged suicide bomber in school uniform has killed at least 31 people in northwest pakistan. egypts foreign minister has rejected what he calls america's will to impose its will on cairo. >> breaking news coming out of both new delhi and islamabad at the same time. that is that the governments of pakistan say they have agreed to resume wide-ranging peace talks. these were frozen after the
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mumbai attacks in 2008. so about a year senior officials tried to find the best way to go about rebuilding trust between the two sides, and according to the statement those talks will focus counterterrorism, humanitarian issues, peace and security. also the fate of kaz mirror. obviously a region plagued by both countries. so that news that india and pakistan are to resume wide-ranging peace talks. and an egyptian american scientist and winner of the nobel flies chemistry, he was asked about the way forward for egypt and the role he could play in the country's future. >> on this web you met omar the vice president who is now talking to the opposition. did you say to him that you believe president mubarak should go now? >> i had almost an hour with
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the vice president. and that was one of the issues that we raised. but i think the -- both the prime minister and the vice president and the prime minister have made the point not only to me but also publicly. i haven't met the prime minister yet, but publicly that this is not in the cards. they like to see that the president complete his term and then steps down. >> and if president mubarak doesn't step down sooner than that, do you fear for your country? >> i go. -- i do. even if you look economically, what are the major resorses of egypt? the swiss canal? and then you're talking about the tourism and the investment. and all three are now in danger. all three are in danger.
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and that's one aspect. but there is also the human aspect. i don't want to see the use of egypt being in a state of despair and unhappy. i, even my generation over, do we need to be looking to a new future? hopeful and for a great egypt. >> right. now here in london west ham football club looks to take over the 2012 olympic stadium at once games are over. it's been a sors of great controversy as another club also wants to play there but proposes ripping out the athletics track which is a key part of the bid proposal in the first place. but the correspondent explains why west ham is now seen as highly likely to get the nod to use the stadium. >> yesterday all 14 voting members of the board were sent proposals.
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it goes for the top bid and matches them against five key criteria. the west ham in that proposal meets all five of the key criteria. the tom lynn only meets three of the five criteria. so when the 14 members sit down to vote, it is almost unthinkable it will go for the bid that fails to meet two of the five criteria that, once that happens the mayor of london and the government will have to add their support as well to get it. it's unlikely they would do anything other than to support the west town bid so all the cases are that it will be west town and not spurs who end up with the stadium behind me. >> "this won't hurt" is one of those phrases you can be pretty sure is not true but instead of looking away, it may be better to watch. new research in psychological
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sciencal suggests pain can be reduced if you can bear to look at what's happening to you. >> we all feel pain in different ways. >> i don't look. i don't look. you know? i'm in a different zone. >> and how we cope with painful events, like, injections. >> to look. >> looking at it. i don't mind looking at blood. >> the holy grail of pain research is simple. finding a way to reduce it. >> pain. and especially how people experience pain is incredibly difficult to study. but here at the university they are using volunteers to get answers. today i'm one of them. >> the first thing we need is a way to describe and measure the experience of pain. >> the researchers apply heat to my hand. >> ok.
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i feel warm at the moment. >> when it gets too hot. >> yes. i'd say that hurts. ow. >> that was 45 degrees. >> this measured my pain threshold but they found a way of changing how much pain you can tolerate. >> what you're seeing is what we're placing in front of the mirror. >> surprisingly when i looked at the wood i could sustain less pain. >> if we -- >> when my hand was magnified, i could put up with more pain, in fact five degrees more heat. so the way our brain processes pain seems to be linked what we're looking at. >> you always advise children not to look when they are having an injection. but when they are looking at the body itself, we show that's quite usefully apple apologiesic, looking at your own body heps.
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>> it could lead to new treatments for chronic conditions. >> pain is an enormous problem in the n.h.s. and in our society generally. we don't have precise figures, but we know it affects several million people in the u.k. we know it produces a huge economic burden. >> we are a long way from understanding pain. but for now, this research may help us cope with day-to-day experiences like this. if we remember to look and don't panic. rebecka, "bbc world news." >> in navy they are to hand over 28 suspected somali pirates caught onboard a tpwhote sea. the ship in thailand was captured about 100 miles off the indian coast and the navy also freed 29 thai and bernese fisherman. it was used as a mother ship to
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attack merchant vessels. >> now you might expect donch a club named after the put the bomb but it's named after compton a group of former l.a. gang members have now embarked on a tour of cricket matches as opposed to involving they must ins gangs and drugs. >> they may become an unlikely cricket team. from basketball they sported. >> we compare it to baseball. it's one of those sports that you just, in america nobody's heard of it. >> as teenagers growing up in the most dangerous neighborhood in los angeles, these players had no idea what the game of cricket was. now they are ambassadors to
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america and to the sport. >> the compton club also known as the homies and the pops have broken the mold. they practice on a playing field 30 miles away, because there isn't a pitch in compton. that's their dream for the future. >> we believe cricket is universal. you see players around the world. now we've just got to spot the etiquette and all those cricket playing people around the world and we can change the world suddenly and surprisingly, who'd a thought it? yes. >> i -- we were involved in gangs growing up. >>ry cardo carries a vivid reminder of his former lifestyle. he isn't with his teammate ins australia. he can't travel, because he's still on parole after spending four years in prison. >> k.k. is my gang.
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the kings. >> compton, the home of gangster rap music. it's part of a sprawling poverty-psychiatricen neighborhood. we were warned to avoid some areas where rival gangs rule the streets. this is where the cricket players try to show young people there's an alternative lifestyle. it's where danny lives. he went back to the hockey where he first heard about cricket. at the time he could have easily joined a gang. but he turned to a sport which he said transformed his life. now he's one of the kings' star players. they hope to spread their message of respect by traveling the world. and true to their roots, they also rap about their sport. a gentleman's game bringing civility and hope to the inner city. "bbc news," los angeles.
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